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Title A dangerous business
Published 2004


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  300.994 Fco/Rne  2004/07/12  UNAVAILABLE
Description 1 videocassette (VHS) (45 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in
Series Four corners (Television program)
Summary It seemed like just another day in a routine job. Marcos Lopez, 45, was operating a pipe-moulding machine in the foundry where he had worked all his adult life in Tyler, Texas. Then, suddenly, he lost his footing and lay hurt on the factory floor. Instead of calling an ambulance, managers sent him to a medical clinic contracted to the factory's owner McWane Inc. Clinic staff told him to go home and rest on his couch. After 10 days in agony Lopez pleaded for an X-ray. It revealed he had a broken back. Marcos Lopez is not alone. He was one of more than 4600 McWane workers hurt on the job in seven years. Nine were killed. In those seven years McWane notched up more safety violations than all its major competitors combined. McWane's workers were repeatedly put at risk; they suffered burns, amputations and violent accidents. But government authorities were reluctant to confront this secretive and powerful company whose profits flowed from its "disciplined management practices". This multi-award winning investigation into the culture of one of America's most dangerous companies comes from PBS Frontline, the New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Notes Off-air recording of ABC-TV "Four Corners" broadcast July 12,, 2004. Copied under Part VA of the Copyright Act
Credits Produced by Neil Docherty & David Rummel; Written by Lowell Bergman & David Rummel and Linden MacIntyre
Performer Reported by David Barstow and Lowell Bergman
Notes No rating given
Available for Deakin University staff and students only
Subject Foundry workers -- United States
Foundries -- Accidents -- United States
Industrial accidents -- United States
Occupational mortality -- United States
Author Rummel, David
Bergman, Lowell
Barstow, David
MacIntyre, Linden
Docherty, Neil
Australian Broadcasting Corporation